On May 15, 2007, the Atascadero Planning Commission approved an Amendment to allow the building envelope that was originally established in 1990 with Tract Map 1382, to be moved to a new location approximately 600 feet west, towards the center of the property. The project included a 4,278 square foot single-family residence on an existing 8.8 acre lot of record. The project plans included 3,610 cubic yards of cut and 3,610 cubic yards of fill, with a maximum cut of 11 feet and maximum fill of 14 feet. The project included 580 lineal feet of retaining wall for a 700 foot long driveway from Vista Road to the building site. Native trees were approved removal, including one 38-inch Live Oak and 9 smaller Live Oaks and Scrub Oaks ranging in size from 4 to 6-inches. At the May 5, 2007 hearing, the Planning Commission certified the Mitigated Negative Declaration which was circulated for the proposed project.
The applicant is currently requesting an Amendment to the original project to eliminate the 580-foot long retaining wall along the driveway from Vista Road to the building site. Eliminating the retaining wall will increase the total amount of cut and fill from 3,610 cubic yards to 5,100 cubic yards. The revised plans identify a maximum cut of 14 feet and a maximum fill of 18 feet. The total site disturbance is proposed to be increased from 0.95 acres to 2.0 acres. A revegetation plan has been submitted to restore the hillside where the additional grading is located. No changes are proposed to the residence or septic system. The Mitigated Negative Declaration has been revised to address the proposed changes. The document must be certified by the Planning Commission in order to approve of the proposed changes.